So my girlfriend of two years has Crohns. We're also in a long-distance relationship and see each other a few times a year.
The first time I met her back in 2006, she had literally left the hospital earlier that day for an ileostomy surgery. She was pale and frail, and though she wore a smile, I knew little about
how she was really feeling inside. I didn't know much about
the disease at the time or even what an ileostomy was.
Much has changed since then. She's gained weight. No more attacks. She sees her doctor regularly and is on Remicade. She meets with a nutritionist and is on a strict diet. As for myself, I've learned a lot about
CD and can understand better what she went through in 2006 and what she goes through now.
This year she's anticipating surgery to remove the stoma. There's a bit of concern about
how her body will react. She befriended an older woman in the hospital with CD who had gone through several surgeries and recovery, but had to return to hospital because of some complications. She was eating right, but her digestive system would not process the food like it should and she was getting diarrhea among other problems.
As with my girlfriend, they removed a part of her intestine that regulates food passage and a part that absorbs acid. I don't know the actual names of these parts. My girlfriend said they are vital to digesting food and without them, you may have digestive problems. She couldn't explain it to me better than that because she doesn't know what to expect of her body after the surgery either.
So that's why I'm here. I guess I want to know if there are others here who can shed some light in this area. What are these parts of her intestines that is missing and how big a deal is it that they are missing? What can she expect?
Thank you for any information you can share.
Post Edited (WayneH) : 4/7/2008 11:23:17 PM (GMT-6)